A list of the rules that have been temporarily relaxed to make it easier for businesses to continue working through the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Workers will be allowed to carry over leave into the next 2 years.
Revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021 to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by the impacts of coronavirus.
Councils will be able to move around government funding for free childcare entitlements to make sure sufficient childcare places are available for vulnerable children and those of critical workers.
Enforcement process has been relaxed, including temporarily pausing the strike off process to prevent companies being dissolved.
Rules have been relaxed for certain agreements that would normally be considered anti-competitive.
New measures have been introduced to relieve the burden on businesses, including:
- temporary easements on filing requirements and Annual General Meetings (AGMs)
- a new moratorium to give companies breathing space from their creditors while they seek a rescue
- temporarily removing the threat of personal liability for wrongful trading from directors
Rules have been relaxed for 30 days for drivers supplying supermarkets.
Temporary measure to help brewers and publicans.
Temporary changes to allow bus and lorry drivers who cannot complete compulsory Driver CPC training to continue to drive.
Guidance from Ofgem on how to manage this.
A ban on eviction for businesses who cannot pay their rent.
3-month extension from Companies House.
Deadline suspended for one year.
Letter to hotel chief executives allowing them to offer accommodation to support key workers and vulnerable people.
vehicle owners have been given a 6-month exemption.
Charges for air navigation services in European airspace deferred for up to 14 months.
The new rules have been delayed by 12 months.
New suppliers will be able to bring products to market more quickly and easily.
Pubs and restaurants will not need planning permission.
Temporary adjustments will make it easier for employers to carry out.
Temporary changes for those coming to the country to work on COVID-19 related activity.
PPE purchased by care homes, businesses, charities and individuals to protect against coronavirus will be free from VAT for a 3 month period.
Find out what is taxable while employees are working from home.
Published 8 April 2020
Last updated 26 June 2020
Added information about changes to corporate insolvency and governance rules.
Added details about business rates revaluation postponement, tax cuts to reduce cost of PPE and funding for free childcare entitlements.
Added information about Companies House, Statutory Residence Test, Driver CPC requirements and navigation charges.